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I am new to Bru'n Water. I have only 5 brews so far with RO/water salts. So far so good. I have been using " yellow balanced " with blonde ales and one Pilsner. Seems fine to me. What will the difference be using pseudo boh pils vs yellow balanced as in the taste of my beer?

All Grain Brewing / Re: Water Question
« on: May 29, 2017, 11:15:07 AM »
I am on well water with a water softener. You can bypass it but mine is so old I am afraid to turn the valve to bypass anymore. I went with RO water and Bru'n Water and have noticed a huge improvement to my beers.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Washing Yeast.
« on: May 24, 2017, 10:45:43 AM »
I have heard at least 12 times. I have never gone that far yet since I constantly brew different styles of beer.

Ingredients / Re: Funny Stuff in Package of Hops from Hops Direct
« on: May 21, 2017, 10:43:15 AM »
What's it taste like?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing Tips and Gadgets thread
« on: May 21, 2017, 10:40:10 AM »
I direct my chiller water into my pool.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Down Side of Online Ordering
« on: May 12, 2017, 11:34:00 AM »
Since I live in Canada, yea, getting fresh yeast is hard to do. I don't mind a month or 2 but 114 days? Should of got a discount. It would be nice to make Wyeast in Canada.

General Homebrew Discussion / Down Side of Online Ordering
« on: May 10, 2017, 06:29:01 PM »
Since I live around 2 hours from Toronto and have no lhbs, this is the downside of online ordering. Yes, they have everything I want, but there is a downside of fresh yeast. I just received my yeast ( Wyeast 1335 II ) from one of my frequent homebrew shops that I order from. Manufactured Jan 15 - 2017. That makes it 114 days old. 100 billion cells? Yea, far from it.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Fermenting Fridge question
« on: May 02, 2017, 11:35:01 AM »
39 F here in Canada. I had to turn on a wall heater because it was too cold. I ferment in my basement and it was 59 F. It's May isn't it?

General Homebrew Discussion / Used Bru'n Water For the First Time
« on: April 06, 2017, 01:08:51 PM »
I cleared up my blonde ale and carbed it up. It is a very clean but kind of bland. My water profile was " yellow balanced ". I want more flavour. Do I just use more hops and some specialty malts, or try another water profile. I am new to this, so I don't know what any other water profile to choose. I am going to make a Pilsner soon and want to to be hoppy and malty. Other than this very minor problem, Bru'n Water is a great program and I should of used it a long time ago. Thanks Martin.



Yeast and Fermentation / Re: First Infection in 5 Years
« on: March 22, 2017, 10:49:20 AM »
My ESB went south last December. I really wanted it for Christmas. My last one was back in 2012. Stunk my basement up when I dumped it for hours. Whew!! I seem to get a bad one every 5 years or so.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast Disasters
« on: February 09, 2017, 12:55:49 PM »
I boiled my yeast starter in my 1 L flask on my stove many years ago. I didn't let it cool down enough before I added it to the sink with ice cubes. It cracked in the sink and that was the end of that flask and the yeast. I only boil in ss pots now.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Carbonation for nitro
« on: January 29, 2017, 01:31:05 PM »
I carb with CO2 @ 5 psi for a few days and then push with Nitro at around 22 - 25 psi. I used to just use Nitro for a few days @ 30 psi but the nitro tank emptied too fast. This seems to work out okay.

I don't like sour or brett beers at all. I am still an old school brewer ( since 1979 ). I only brew stouts, porters, bitters, etc. I live in Canada and 12 packs of Craft beer are around $26.00. Six packs are around $14.00. That is the #1 reason I homebrew. #2 is I love to brew beer.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Expiration Date Dry Yeast
« on: December 21, 2016, 12:16:37 PM »
I have an un-opened 500 g brick of Maruibrew 514, best before says June 2014. I plan on doing some higher gravity one gallon brews after Christmas. Kind of nervous about using it, I got it for free though. I am thinking on using double the amount I would normally use for a 1.080 triple. Should I rehydrate it first?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My Brew Years Resolution
« on: December 19, 2016, 01:12:26 PM »
My resolution is to make as much beer as I can during the winter and summer months due to a very busy summer coming up.

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